I am very proud to report a crafting conquest in Arthington yesterday! I owe many thanks to my mother-in-law who contributed some very popular Christmas fabric bags, and also to my lovely friends Penny, Karen, Nichola, Rachel & Lucy, who have all helped and supported me in many ways and made lots of purchases too! You are all very kind xxx
Despite my usual problem of not being very good at handling stress & pressure (ha ha understatement of the year) I think I did pretty well in the end, so I’m proud of myself for setting a goal and achieving it. I very nearly didn’t sign up for the craft fair as I thought I wouldn’t be able to accomplish all that needed accomplishing! Things got a bit tricky two days before the fair, when the kettle packed in (no hot vimto?!), the new printer wouldn’t play fair, despite hours of coaxing (taking up valuable last-minute crafting time!), then finally my husband announced that our eldest had a fever, after checking on him in bed. One meltdown and a fairly decent-few-hours-sleep later, I got back on track, managed to print via my husband’s very old laptop, looked after my mildly feverish child, abandoned the last minute crafting I’d wanted to do, and just got everything organised instead. I had terrible anxiety about the whole thing on Saturday morning but once I’d arrived at the village hall, got set-up and said a few hello’s, I was absolutely fine. Dear me, keep meditating Emma!
I can also proudly announce that the grand total of monies (which does include £28 of pre-fair sales from my mother-in-law’s fabric bags!) raised was…
which I have just donated onto my Pandas fundraising Sahara Trek page, taking my total sponsorship amount to £1287.50 which I am thrilled about! Only another £212.50 to generate before March, so I better keep at it! Things are starting to progress with Ebola vaccines so I am hopeful that we will still be able to go to West Africa. Band Aid 30 single out tomorrow – definitely on my Monday list.
I am sharing my favourite piece of crafting for the fair – a matching 8″ card and candle. I have fancied having a go at candle-printing/stamping for a while, but finally decided to brave it a couple of weeks ago. I had a look at the candle stamping tutorial on the LOTV website and this was the end result:
The heat gun bit was VERY exciting! I honestly squealed with delight.
The stamp is Bebunni Christmas – Rudolph by Crafter’s Companion and has lots of sentiment stamps with it so is really good value.
I have also used:
LOTV Country Gent Paper Pad, LOTV Sentiment (Someone Special) from Set 5 Christmas Circular Sentiments, Rudolph sentiment comes with the Bebunni Christmas Rudolph stamp, Spellbinders Corner Sprigs die, Marianne Design Poinsettia die, a gorgeous free snowflake die that was on the cover of Quick Cards (Issue 131), a reindeer punch, snowflake charm probably found at GBCF in Bolton in June, gold embossing powder, frantage, and some ribbon from a local shop.
I would like to enter this card and/or candle into the following challenges:
Another busy week starts tomorrow…